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(WBTV 3 Charlotte)   Charlotte man jumped into a lake to retrieve a shirt or something that blew off his boat. At least his relatives can put the shirt on him for his funeral. In related news, Fark could use a North Carolina tag   (wbtv.com) divider line
    More: Fail, North Carolina, Wake County, North Carolina, Wake County Sheriff's Office, body of a 30-year-old Charlotte man, Raleigh, North Carolina, Jamal Brinson, Durham, North Carolina, Saturday afternoon  
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2021-06-20 9:38:04 PM  
Investigators said they are continuing to gather information about the incident.

Err - yeah I'd hope so.  Unless he couldn't swim or was flat out dead drunk, that sounds a touch suspicious.
 
2021-06-20 9:38:16 PM  
He really should have gotten around to adding learn to swim to his to-do list.
 
2021-06-20 9:42:13 PM  
What did Mr Krabs teach us? "Never take something on a boat you aren't prepared to part with."
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2021-06-20 9:43:21 PM  
Even if you're a good swimmer things can get out of control pretty fast.  I've been swimming all my life and once almost drowned doing a little 50' out and in swim in the Puget Sound.
 
2021-06-20 9:45:10 PM  

omg bbq: Even if you're a good swimmer things can get out of control pretty fast.  I've been swimming all my life and once almost drowned doing a little 50' out and in swim in the Puget Sound.


Freshwater is less bouyant
 
2021-06-20 9:49:45 PM  
Witnesses said Brinson was part of a group of friends that rented a boat.

Yeah this isn't a mystery. They got drunk on the boat and none of them had life jackets because those are for pussies
 
2021-06-20 9:49:52 PM  
"Almost drowned" is pretty much how I learned to swim. We would jump off a bridge into deep water but if you didnt haul ass for the bank on the near side, only as the other side had stickers and poisen oak and brambles on the other side, the water would sweep you out and drown your ass. Ah yes. No supervision at the bridge all summer. And kids did die. Regularly.
 
2021-06-20 9:50:04 PM  

omg bbq: Even if you're a good swimmer things can get out of control pretty fast.  I've been swimming all my life and once almost drowned doing a little 50' out and in swim in the Puget Sound.


Granted, but I'd certainly have questions, and there'd be a pretty damn thorough autopsy.
 
2021-06-20 9:50:41 PM  

moothemagiccow: Witnesses said Brinson was part of a group of friends that rented a boat.

Yeah this isn't a mystery. They got drunk on the boat and none of them had life jackets because those are for pussies


Or someone got pissed, decked him, he dropped into the drink and that was that.
 
2021-06-20 9:51:14 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Investigators said they are continuing to gather information about the incident.

Err - yeah I'd hope so.  Unless he couldn't swim or was flat out dead drunk, that sounds a touch suspicious.


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2021-06-20 9:53:15 PM  

leeksfromchichis: omg bbq: Even if you're a good swimmer things can get out of control pretty fast.  I've been swimming all my life and once almost drowned doing a little 50' out and in swim in the Puget Sound.

Freshwater is less bouyant


Yep. I was gonna mention this but I thought it was more or less known.
 
2021-06-20 9:54:25 PM  
There is a lot of water in North Carolina. Stories of drownings are not uncommon.
 
2021-06-20 9:58:49 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: moothemagiccow: Witnesses said Brinson was part of a group of friends that rented a boat.

Yeah this isn't a mystery. They got drunk on the boat and none of them had life jackets because those are for pussies

Or someone got pissed, decked him, he dropped into the drink and that was that.


no, in central NC if you want to kill someone and not get caught, you just shoot them
 
2021-06-20 10:00:17 PM  
that's one way to lose a wet T shirt contest
 
2021-06-20 10:01:07 PM  
...30-year-old Charlotte man who drowned in a lake outside of Raleigh ...

The Wake County Sheriff's Office said Brinson drowned Saturday afternoon


But where will they hold the wake?
 
2021-06-20 10:04:24 PM  
Intoxication might have been involved but I would also believe it if they found out it wasn't. If the item looked like it was just a short distance away then it might be that he thought he could jump out and dog paddle to it then either quickly get back to the boat or his friends would come and get him if he got into trouble. A bit of overconfidence combined with the boat drifting away combined with his friends not immediately realizing there's a problem combined with not being able to quickly move the boat combined with the guy drowning faster than anyone thought he would equals a less than ideal outcome.
 
2021-06-20 10:04:30 PM  
Remember, when you've been drinking, you can't swim as well as you think you can.
 
2021-06-20 10:05:44 PM  

Por que tan serioso: "Almost drowned" is pretty much how I learned to swim. We would jump off a bridge into deep water but if you didnt haul ass for the bank on the near side, only as the other side had stickers and poisen oak and brambles on the other side, the water would sweep you out and drown your ass. Ah yes. No supervision at the bridge all summer. And kids did die. Regularly.


Or as we call it, The Good O'ld Days.
I remember once going to a Party at a local scuba diving lake, getting waaaaay to inebriated and finding myself too far from shore while attempting to swim from one side to the other and Real panic setting in.
It's a wonder I survived my youth because that wasn't even close to the stupidest thing I've ever done.
 
2021-06-20 10:06:44 PM  
They say folks drowning are easy to miss. Even in pools.
 
2021-06-20 10:07:33 PM  

Madman drummers bummers: ...30-year-old Charlotte man who drowned in a lake outside of Raleigh ...

The Wake County Sheriff's Office said Brinson drowned Saturday afternoon

But where will they hold the wake?


Behind the boat, silly. One on each side.
 
2021-06-20 10:13:56 PM  
Seems to be missing some details.   I've jumped off boats many time to retrieve stuff (including an anchor once) in freshwater.  Maybe the difference is that I can swim?
 
2021-06-20 10:16:55 PM  
As a resident of the land of 10,000 lakes, I've been able to tred still water since I was 3, and learned actual swimming strokes at age 8... but I still wouldn't jump into unfamiliar waters from a boat that can't be quickly maneuvered by those on board to get close enough to toss a life jacket or ring my way in case there's any kind of undertow (which almost never make themselves known by any signs on the surface) or I have a sudden medical issue, or anything...
There's just all kinds of "stupid drunk &/or idiot junk" here instead.
>:(
 
2021-06-20 10:18:03 PM  
Anyone with training ought to be able to sidestroke, tread water, or at least dead man's float for a long time, barring conditions like weather or undertow.
 
2021-06-20 10:18:27 PM  

moothemagiccow: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: moothemagiccow: Witnesses said Brinson was part of a group of friends that rented a boat.

Yeah this isn't a mystery. They got drunk on the boat and none of them had life jackets because those are for pussies

Or someone got pissed, decked him, he dropped into the drink and that was that.

no, in central NC if you want to kill someone and not get caught, you just shoot them


And you can toss the gun in the lake, and collect the insurance claiming it dropped out of your boat while hunting - win-win!

/I was more thinking "STFU <punch> Showed him!  Hmm - Dave?  Dave?  Is he gonna come back up?  Aww shiat!"
 
2021-06-20 10:20:26 PM  
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2021-06-20 10:24:30 PM  

Madman drummers bummers: ...30-year-old Charlotte man who drowned in a lake outside of Raleigh ...

The Wake County Sheriff's Office said Brinson drowned Saturday afternoon

But where will they hold the wake?


behind the boat
 
2021-06-20 10:25:58 PM  

Thosw: Madman drummers bummers: ...30-year-old Charlotte man who drowned in a lake outside of Raleigh ...

The Wake County Sheriff's Office said Brinson drowned Saturday afternoon

But where will they hold the wake?

Behind the boat, silly. One on each side.


shakes tiny finnegan of rage
 
2021-06-20 10:30:12 PM  
His MAGA hat blew off.
 
2021-06-20 10:31:12 PM  
Was out with a group and we were camping and had multiple boats our skiing and whatnot.  One boat was headed back in, others were staying out.

Initial thought was just jump in and swim to the other boat you were going with.  Not that far.  Someone level headed loudly said, take a lifejacket.  That's good advice.  That boat 50' away looks a lot closer after a couple of beers.

All wore vest which we sorted out later, all enjoyed the campfire that evening, and no State Patrol divers searching the lake.

Good times
 
2021-06-20 10:35:22 PM  
I'm not superstitious at all, but after I bought my first boat, I quickly realized shiat was going to fall in the water and usually it wouldn't be retrievable. The people that sell you the boat leave that little detail out. So I made semi-regular cheaper offerings to the water gods. A pack of smokes, a beer, my buddy's wallet, things like that. It worked as I never lost anything of significant value. This dude obviously wasn't making offerings to the water gods.
 
2021-06-20 10:47:06 PM  

omg bbq: leeksfromchichis: omg bbq: Even if you're a good swimmer things can get out of control pretty fast.  I've been swimming all my life and once almost drowned doing a little 50' out and in swim in the Puget Sound.

Freshwater is less bouyant

Yep. I was gonna mention this but I thought it was more or less known.


Well, shirt guy learned it.
 
2021-06-20 10:47:49 PM  

Over: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Investigators said they are continuing to gather information about the incident.

Err - yeah I'd hope so.  Unless he couldn't swim or was flat out dead drunk, that sounds a touch suspicious.

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2021-06-20 10:48:05 PM  
Was he wearing his lucky anvil?
 
2021-06-20 10:54:33 PM  

Por que tan serioso: "Almost drowned" is pretty much how I learned to swim. We would jump off a bridge into deep water but if you didnt haul ass for the bank on the near side, only as the other side had stickers and poisen oak and brambles on the other side, the water would sweep you out and drown your ass. Ah yes. No supervision at the bridge all summer. And kids did die. Regularly.


Wipes tear, ah the good old days.
I was in Negril, Jamaica on the cliff side, and I misjudged the swim to a diving spot I knew of, so it was a haul.  I got there, dove into some cool areas and headed back.  My friend came to "rescue me" but didn't bring goggles.  By the time he got to where I was, he was blind, so I had to give him my goggles and then swim back with my eyes closed.  Good time.
 
2021-06-20 10:57:45 PM  
Have lost 2 friends over the years to lake swimming, life jackets for the love of God, lakes are deep cold murky and unforgiving
 
2021-06-20 11:00:14 PM  
Nightswimming deserves a quiet night
 
2021-06-20 11:10:05 PM  

Thosw: Madman drummers bummers: ...30-year-old Charlotte man who drowned in a lake outside of Raleigh ...

The Wake County Sheriff's Office said Brinson drowned Saturday afternoon

But where will they hold the wake?

Behind the boat, silly. One on each side.


About 45 degrees off each side. Can't miss it.
 
2021-06-20 11:17:14 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Unless he couldn't swim or was flat out dead drunk, that sounds a touch suspicious.


FTFA: "The News & Observer reported Sunday that Jamal Brinson was found after a 24-hour search in Falls Lake."

I don't want to be that guy, but odds were against him...

/Brothers don't like water, white dudes can't jump; it's the natural balance.
 
2021-06-20 11:23:44 PM  

LoneVVolf: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Unless he couldn't swim or was flat out dead drunk, that sounds a touch suspicious.

FTFA: "The News & Observer reported Sunday that Jamal Brinson was found after a 24-hour search in Falls Lake."

I don't want to be that guy, but odds were against him...

/Brothers don't like water, white dudes can't jump; it's the natural balance.


I went to a small inner city school I can't remember back that far it was either in middle school or high school where we had to pass a swim test As part of PE, I think it was at least for a little while mandatory at the state colleges in North Carolina.  It shocked me at that age how many people didn't know how to swim
 
2021-06-20 11:27:03 PM  

mofa: Was he wearing his lucky anvil?


making a delivery for "ACME"
 
2021-06-20 11:45:15 PM  
Couple years back we rented a boat to a family. Twas unseasonably hot but lake was seasonably cold, real cold. One jumps overboard and sank almost immediately (thermal shock),  second jumped in to save the first and drowned too, senselessness compounded by inexperience and stupidity. Never jump off a rented pontoon boat, they tell you not to and there arent any ladders, one has to climb up the engine to get back aboard by ones self...
 
2021-06-20 11:47:04 PM  

Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Investigators said they are continuing to gather information about the incident.

Err - yeah I'd hope so.  Unless he couldn't swim or was flat out dead drunk, that sounds a touch suspicious.


A while back Nebraska banned floaties, beach balls, etc. from their lakes because they were getting people killed.

What happens is that the wind keeps pushing the object a little further out and people swim past the point of their endurance because they're almost there....
 
2021-06-20 11:48:40 PM  

WillofJ2: LoneVVolf: Some Junkie Cosmonaut: Unless he couldn't swim or was flat out dead drunk, that sounds a touch suspicious.

FTFA: "The News & Observer reported Sunday that Jamal Brinson was found after a 24-hour search in Falls Lake."

I don't want to be that guy, but odds were against him...

/Brothers don't like water, white dudes can't jump; it's the natural balance.

I went to a small inner city school I can't remember back that far it was either in middle school or high school where we had to pass a swim test As part of PE, I think it was at least for a little while mandatory at the state colleges in North Carolina.  It shocked me at that age how many people didn't know how to swim


I went to a suburban school.  In 5th grade (mid '90s) they took a busful of us to the high school every other day for a couple of weeks to make sure we all could swim. They called it "drownproofing".
 
2021-06-21 12:05:59 AM  

WillofJ2: Have lost 2 friends over the years to lake swimming, life jackets for the love of God, lakes are deep cold murky and unforgiving


And Bikal has aliens
 
2021-06-21 12:07:57 AM  

Smackledorfer: Anyone with training ought to be able to sidestroke, tread water, or at least dead man's float for a long time, barring conditions like weather or undertow.


You would think that, but I am a Class A sinker.
Always have been.   Swim lessons, swimming merit badges, I've done em all.   If I stop swimming, I sink.   No treading water, no floating, just straight down.   If I get too tired to make it to safety, I'm dead.

Damn right I wear life vests.
 
2021-06-21 12:12:33 AM  
NC is quite a ways down the list for the next state to get a Fark tag. Just saying.

And water has always held an extra dose of respect from me. Didn't swim much in my youth but did learn how to swim. And one quarter (maybe two) of PE in high school was swimming. When the teacher was sure nobody was going to drown water polo was introduced. That is one sport that helps teach survival swimming while having fun.

Then joined the Navy. The Basic swim test was (and still is) a joke. But had fun learning how to snorkel, dive, surf, body board and rock jump from (for me) scary heights. Like 40-50' ... enough to take two breaths on the way down. Had the opportunity to swim at the intersection of the international date line and the equator when the sub skipper surfaced for a steel deck picnic and swim call. Two guards were posted on the conning tower armed with "shark repellent".

And I still hold a healthy respect for water. My sister suffered a drowning accident in a public pool when she was about 3. The pool had these little shelfs along the edge maybe a foot under water level that you could sit on. My dumb parents let her sit there without close supervision and she went under. I know my dad was keeping his close eye on bikini candy and mom was probably reading. I don't even think there were life guards at the time. Late '70s. Little me noticed she was missing. My dad dove in and got her, and another guy gave CPR. She ended up in the hospital for I don't know how many days but ended up okay but with some diminished learning ability. Estimated time was 5-7 minutes I think at the bottom.

My own daughter had her own little incident when she was maybe four years old. Was me, her older sis, and my own youngest sis in a hotel jacuzzi. The kid slipped from the bench and went under. The scary thing is there wasn't a sound. No splashing water. No little yelp. Just gone. Of course we were right there and fished her out within seconds but it was scary as f*ck.

I'm only sharing this to help persuade anyone out there to be sure to keep an eye out for the young ones. Going inside to refill your daytime martini while your kid is in a backyard small pool is not okay. You can't take your eyes off them for a second. Asking them to get out of the pool while you get your 3rd refill is not acceptable. So long as there is water in the pool that kid needs to be within eyesight at all times.

/be careful out there
 
2021-06-21 12:31:29 AM  
If you can't swim don't go on a boat. If you must then wear a life vest...Wait... Could no one else on the boat swim? Were they too drunk to realize?

My family always had boats (and, yes, they just keep getting bigger and bigger) and we never had anyone drown. Even our dogs can all swim. Our kids and guests that don't swim are given vests. Everyone in my family are strong swimmers.

OK, that's it, everyone makes fun of Florida, (I admit it is well deserved) but it's about time North Carolina gets one

It is a shame that he died. Things like this happen because no one stops to think about the what ifs. I am sure that alcohol must have played a part in this tragedy. It almost does.
 
2021-06-21 1:19:41 AM  

Terminal Accessory: Smackledorfer: Anyone with training ought to be able to sidestroke, tread water, or at least dead man's float for a long time, barring conditions like weather or undertow.

You would think that, but I am a Class A sinker.
Always have been.   Swim lessons, swimming merit badges, I've done em all.   If I stop swimming, I sink.   No treading water, no floating, just straight down.   If I get too tired to make it to safety, I'm dead.

Damn right I wear life vests.


I used to be a certified swimming instructor, and sinkers are amazing to me.  And they absolutely exist.  Usually muscular people with little body fat.  Jump into a cold pool or lake, and the next thing ya know, they are on the bottom doing the "save me" dance.  Done it a couple times, once was stupid enough to do a head-first dive into a REALLY cold lake to do it.  That shiate will wake you UP.  Or kill you, see above.
 
2021-06-21 1:20:23 AM  
Blargh.  Saved people who jumped into freezing water.  I left that part out.  :P
 
2021-06-21 1:29:23 AM  
Are life jackets not a thing anymore?
 
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